Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

Carving Skis

Best Women’s Carving Skis of 2022: Armada Reliance 82Ti

If you're looking for a more forgiving tool to be your carving coach, the all-new Reliance 82Ti is your ticket to ride.

Lock Icon

Become a member to unlock this story and receive other great perks.

Already have an Outside Account? Sign in

Outside+ Logo

All Access
Fall Sale
$1.52 / week*

  • A $500 value with everything in the Print + Digital Plan plus 25+ benefits including:
  • Member-only content on all 17 publications in the Outside network like Outside, Climbing, Backpacker, Trail Runner and more
  • Video: Learn to Bump with Plake and Backcountry Basics with Mike Hattrup
  • Access to the SKI Gear Concierge service
  • Access to the Warren Miller film library and first access to annual film tour
  • Gaia GPS Premium with hundreds of maps and global trail recommendations, a $39.99 value
  • Annual subscription to Outside magazine
Join Outside+
Ski Mag

Print + Digital
Special Price
$0.50 / week *

  • Annual subscription to SKI magazine
  • Access to all member-exclusive content and gear reviews on SKImag.com
  • Ad-free access to SKImag.com
Join SKI

*Outside memberships are billed annually at listed rate the first year and renew at full price thereafter You may cancel your membership at anytime, but no refunds will be issued for payments already made. Upon cancellation, you will have access to your membership through the end of your paid year. More Details

Brand: Armada

Model: Reliance 82Ti

Overall Ranking: #2

Overall Score: 4.13 / 5



Specs

Tip / Waist / Tail (mm)

126-82-109

Lengths (cm)

150, 158, 166, 174

Radius (m)

15.4 (166cm length)

Waist Width (mm)

82

Gender

Women's

Level

Intermediate to Expert

Rocker Technology

Yes

Core Material

Caruba, Titanal

Stability at Speed

3.94 / 5

Quickness / Maneuverability

4.28 / 5

Playfulness

4.44 / 5

Forgiveness

4.5 / 5

Hard Snow Performance

4.11 / 5

Crud Performance

3.11 / 5

Balance of Skills

4.33 / 5

Binding Included

Yes

2022 ARMADA RELIANCE 82 TI

Look, in the carving category you kind of have to decide what’s most important to you: speed and precision, or forgiveness and user-friendliness. You’re not likely to find a ski that perfectly balances those ends of the carving spectrum. If you decide you want a more forgiving tool to be your carving coach, the all-new Reliance 82Ti is your ticket to ride.

Making its debut at No. 2 in the category, the new Armada Reliance 82Ti really impressed testers with its user-friendliness. “There is no pretense with this ski,” says tester Robin Barnes. “It’s super well-rounded in short turns, at slow speeds, and in carves. It’s easy yet rewarding.”

Because of this, our testers ranked it the most forgiving ski in the carving category and decided it would make a great carving or frontside tool for a wide range of ability levels.

On that topic: Learn how to tip ’em and rip ’em with these carving drills

Its wider waist width and light caruba core also help make it more accessible. With 82mm underfoot, the Reliance 82Ti falls on the wide end of the carving ski spectrum, making it a great option for skiers who want a little more versatility from their carving sticks. Says tester Katie Ryan: “This was my surprise ski in the carving category. I really enjoyed them on groomers, but they’re also amazingly versatile.”

Testers found that it’s almost just at home in crud as it is on corduroy, and were also impressed with its energy and quickness. “It has tons of energy in each turn and it just wants to get on its edge and party,” says tester Courtney Harkins. “This would be a ton of fun for an advanced skier looking to cruise around, but also for an intermediate who is learning how to find the energy out of a turn.”

All that said, if you’re an expert skier and pure, precise carving is what you’re in the market for, you may want something narrower than the Reliance 82Ti. Testers ranked it low in the Stability at Speed department, saying this ski just didn’t hold up to the true carvers in this category when it comes to barreling head-first down the fall line.

But if speed is not really your thing and you’re just looking for a more versatile tool to be your carving coach, you can’t go wrong with the new Armada Reliance 82Ti.

  • Strengths: Forgiveness (1st in category), Crud Performance (1st)
  • Weaknesses: Stability at Speed (6th), Hard-Snow Integrity (5th)

Shop for the Armada Reliance 82Ti online: evo  

Learn More

These are the 6 best women’s carving skis of the season 
Explore Armada’s new ski lineup
What’s the difference between carving and frontside skis?